Dwayne Baker is an urban planner whose research and teaching interests focus on the inter-connections between neighborhood development and transportation planning. His work pays special attention to Transit-Oriented Developments and gentrification. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Regional Planning in 2016. After receiving his PhD, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba exploring equity in the decision-making processes of Bus Rapid Transit projects across Canada.
Dr. Baker’s research and teaching incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods – especially utilizing spatial analysis and interviews to uncover the complexities within planning processes and neighborhood impacts. His work particularly explores the contradictions that often exists with large-scale transit projects: while expected to enhance urban accessibility, they may also displace vulnerable residents and those needing the improvements the most. Dr. Baker’s has published and is currently engaging in research examining: gentrification and light rail transit, equity in bus rapid transit developments, transportation network companies and public transit ridership, and, most recently, analyzing the impact of Chicago’s proposed Red Line Extension – predicting new household locations for potentially displaced residents.
He teaches the undergraduate course Contemporary Urban Theory (URBST 330W) and GIS: Mapping Urban Infrastructure (URBST 265/760).
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